If there’s a small room in your house that you’d like to transform to give the impression of space, then the correct lighting can do just that. A properly lit room will make the most of its natural light and use layers of lighting to accentuate its features. Ambient lighting, task lighting and accent lighting can all work to make a small room feel bigger. As well as looking great, you’ll want your lighting to be high in quality and functional. Here are some expert tips on choosing lighting for a small space.
You should plan where to position the lighting in each room before decorating if possible. Consider the amount of natural light in each room and decide what certain areas of the room will be used for. If your room is facing north and it receives a small amount of natural sunlight, then you’ll need more artificial lighting units to open the space up.
You should consider the proportions of the room and furniture – a tiny lamp above the small dining table is not going to work. The small bulb will barely illuminate the table and if you install a big chandelier or pendant lighting fixture, the table and the chairs around it will look smaller because the fixture will dominate the lighting space.
In a room that has no space for tables with lamps or even the standing lamp, line reflectors on the ceiling can greatly assist in the lighting of the room. Another great trick is to use mirrors. This will do two things; reflect natural light and the light of lamps and thus create the illusion of a wider, deeper space.
Paint the walls and ceiling white and use uplighters to bounce light towards the ceiling. The light will reflect back into the room and create the illusion of a larger space. You can go for a freestanding uplight or a wall-mounted fixture.
Each room of your home plays a different function, so it makes sense that a range of lighting will be needed to properly illuminate each one and create an illusion of space. Here’s a look at lighting that works best in each room:
Lighting in the living room is very important as this is where you and your guests will spend the most time. Living room lighting can do a lot to enhance the basic design of the room. Chandeliers and pendant lighting must fit the size of the room and enhance the existing décor. Pay close attention to the colour scheme of the room, and find a light fitting that doesn’t stand out too much. The tone created by light bulbs is another important factor to think about. You should opt for a clear bulb to project a sense of space, rather than one that’s too warm or dull.
The atmosphere in the bedroom should be comfortable and relaxing. Lighting plays a very important role in setting the ambiance here. To select the best light fixture for your bedroom, you’ll need to know the dimensions of the room. In a small room with a low ceiling, you should opt for something subtle that doesn’t hang low. This will help the room to look bigger than it actually is. Add in layers of light with wall lights or lamps, which will slowly disperse light all over the room.
Pendant lights are great for kitchens and they can be used to provide task lighting over tables or work surfaces too. For a modern kitchen, choose an elegant fixture design such as a metallic sphere, cone or cylinder. Track lighting with LED recessed lights is another popular option. You should install more than one circuit so that you have the option to use only some of the lights should you desire. You can also play around with the colour and material of your lighting fixtures to find one that complements your existing décor and doesn’t look out of place. Finally, fitting under-cupboard task lights in the kitchen will prove to be practical and prevent the room from appearing dingy.
By following these clever lighting tricks, you’ll find that a small room doesn’t have to be such a deal-breaker. Even if you have a small, north-facing room, layered lighting will provide you with brightness and a feeling of airiness. Here at Contemp, we have a vast range of stunning lighting fixtures available and our knowledgeable staff can help you to pick the best option for your space.